If you've met me before you know that I used to hate running but that the Boston Marathon is my absolute favorite day of the year. The last 5 years I have been at the finish line crying while watching my patients cross. Earlier this year when a running coach told me I would run the 2020 Boston Marathon I laughed out loud and told him he was crazy. I thought I could never run a marathon because I could barely run a 5k. Well 6 months later I've run a 5 miler, a 10 miler, and a half marathon and I am, in fact, running Boston 2020. I couldn't be more excited to take on this challenge for the best possible cause, pediatric oncology research. Please see below for more information and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time has raised over $15.5 million to support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Funds raised are directed to cancer care, research, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.
Thanks in large part to the philanthropic dollars raised by this Marathon Team, MGHfC is advancing cutting-edge research, increasing the number of clinical studies to improve cure rates, and providing the best treatment possible to pediatric cancer patients.
MGHfC is also focused on the quality of life of its young patients and their families through the child life program, which utilizes therapeutic play - music and art therapy to help pediatric cancer patients and their families cope emotionally and developmentally with their illnesses.